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Best Trails near Truckee, California

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on Mt Judah Loop Trail
2 days ago

hiking

School's back- and what better way to "celebrate" than going out to Donner Pass? Our school generously took the Class of 2020 out to Donner Pass for three days, and the highlight of the trip was unquestionably this hike.

The hike starts out on a rocky switchback trail. You will walk only on rocks (no dirt or vegetation,) but you will be able to easily stay on the trail. The entirety of the 0.9 mile leg is composed of broken-down boulders. A great leg if you like hiking along boulderfields.

The first peak you'll have the chance to summit is Donner Peak. The views from the top are unrivaled by any others in the area; you get a view of both Lake Mary and Donner Lake, as well as Van Norden and the Chinese-constructed tunnels in the distance.

You will then hike along a ridge up to Mount Judah (beware the false summit halfway from Donner). The path is sturdy, albeit narrow, and can be done with relative ease. Mount Judah offers a view of Sugarbowl Ski Resort (Mt. Lincoln) and the Pacific Crest Trail. In the distance, a small patch of snow could be seen on Tinker Knob.

The rest of the loop is mainly through a peaceful forest and/or meadow. You will pass four streams in the early summer (dried out by August, unfortunately.) You'll have a brief stint through a ski resort before returning on the aforementioned boulderfield path.

Beware of yellowjackets. Two of my friends got stung on Donner Peak alone. Move away from water sources or limit your breaks to stay clear of these pests. Do not let the bees keep you from hiking this trail- it's a must do!

on China Cove Trail at Donne...
3 days ago

Great small hike. It is marked with pink ribbons through the trail; however we got a little confused when we hit the road and had to walk back on the campground access road.

on Martis Creek Trail
4 days ago

hiking

This is not a hike, it's a stroll through a flat meadow. Allegedly there are birds earlier in the season, but we saw no wildlife other than crickets and a couple bees. The trail also no longer runs near the creek and is mostly closed for restoration, so only about .8 miles of this trail is available. There's another loop which crosses this loop you can take,but it is even more boring, running by a golf course and a rather large development.

on Emigrant Trail to Alder C...
5 days ago

hiking

Nice, mostly level walk through the woods and over the creek on small bridges. You can hear the road noise from Alder Creek Rd. For most of the hike.

on Sugar Bowl Ski Resort
12 days ago

Hiked in past kidd lake and cascade lake to long lake. Beautiful and the kids did the rope swing a hundred times.

on Sagehen Creek Trail
12 days ago

hiking

Limited parking. Beautiful start thru forest. Opens to large meadow. Finishes back in shady forest. Great flat hike that will keep you going for 90+ minutes.

on Warren Lake Trail
13 days ago

Cool

on China Cove Trail at Donne...
23 days ago

hiking

Nice trail very easy walk, had a small problem locating start of trail not marked very well. Once we located trail it was very enjoyable walk combination of State Campground thru the forest then along Donner Lake shore.

on Mt Judah Loop Trail
25 days ago

hiking

Great hike with amazing view and rocks to scramble up all the way. Plan on it taking around 3 hrs. if you aren't going fast. But the views are well worth the walk.

on Paradise Lake Trail
25 days ago

backpacking

Fun out n back day hike. Easy trail and the lake was amazing. Prepare for a 2 mile uphill grind on the return from the lake, so fuel up before leaving Paradise.

on Mt Judah Loop Trail
27 days ago

hiking

I soloed this trail today and really enjoyed it. Gonna sleep well tonight. Friendly fellow hikers along the route

on China Cove Trail at Donne...
29 days ago

hiking

it is nice that is a dog friendly place, but the owner does not respect the park rules, i was swimming with my small children, and next to us was another family with small children like us, here came a big dog jump in the water to do POOP almost next to us, and this dog had diarrhea. The owner did not called out or did nothing. It was very disgusting experience. The other family and i leave the place. i am taking my kid to the doctor to be sure they did not got any parasites.

on Mt Judah Loop Trail
1 month ago

hiking

Completed this hike in a little under three hours. It's an easier hike (I managed it with carrying my toddler) with beautiful views. The start is a rockier and the day we hiked it, haze had set in- but it was still great!